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Planes flying different skies in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash. - Some Tri-Cities residents are getting more of an air show than they're used to this summer.

On average, at least 18 planes a day are flying over residential areas where normally they're not seen so close to homes.

The airport's main runway, which is used for about 90% of the air traffic has been closed since May. That's left planes only one way out of the airport and it heads right towards a Pasco residential area between the airport and Road 100.

It's due to a construction project. The airport is spending just over $2-million to seal cracks, repave and groove the runway.

"Next week, hopefully, we can put some of this traffic back on 1230 which really puts aircraft over a little bit more agricultural area and not so much in the residential," said Airport Director Ron Foraker.

Most of the work is done. Next week they'll paint and do cleanup. They hope to be back and running their normal courses by the end of the week.

Kerr Construction, out of the Portland area, is contracted to do the job and it's paid for by the Airport Improvement Program.